Police on Saturday found rotten rice in about 50 government sacks abandoned in River Kumar at Gobindapur under Alamdanga in Chuadanga.
Alamdanga police station officer-in-charge Alamgir Kabir told New Age that the local people found several sacks of rotten and odorous rice in river Kumar on Saturday at about 8:00pm and informed the police of the matter.
On information, along with upazila nirbahi officer Md Liton Ali, he rushed to the spot and found rice in about 50 sacks printed with ‘the People’s Republic of Bangladesh’.
Later, they found about 150 ordinary sacks full of such rotten rice in the warehouse of a trader namely Ashim Saha of Gobindapur bazaar. A mobile court led by the UNO fined him Tk 5 lakh.
OC Alamgir said that they were now investigating about how the rotten rice of ordinary sacks stuffed in government sacks came in river Kumar.
New Age correspondent in Lakshmipur, quoting police and upazila administration officials, reported that the police arrested Md Shohagh, nephew of ruling Awami League backed Char Ramanimohon union parishad chairman Yusuf Chaiyal, and Harun Majhi from separate places of the union under Sadar upazila and seized 840 kilograms of government rice from their possession Saturday evening.
At least 60 people, many of them are local leaders of ruling AL, have been arrested since coronavirus outbreak in the country till date for government rice misappropriation.
Besides, the government had suspended a total of 52 elected local government representatives — 19 UP chairmen, 31 UP members, one district council member and one municipal councilor— since the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
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